Critical Writing Index

On Making Art: Paul O'Kane on the act of making and the making of the act

by Paul O'Kane

Art Monthly, Oct. 2012, no. 360, pp. 1-4

Author Paul O'Kane breaks down the difference between contemporary video artists' interpretation of art making to our understanding of modern approaches to art making. O'Kane posses the question; "How do the qualities of our tools and materials determine our acts in dialogue with our bodies and minds?" O'Kane highlights early examples of conceptual video art where artists responded to and explored the new technology. Contemporary art is not necessarily a conscious act but often has some degree of distraction and disorientation within the art making process. As artists are more reflexive, spontaneous and more likely to explore the 'performativity' of identity within their work.

ITEM 2012.105 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Mapping the Studio II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage)Bruce Nauman

OneYoko Ono

Andy Warhol

Edweard Muybridge

Large GlassDuchamp

Dust BreedingMan Ray

Walking ContrapostoBruce Nauman

Human FoundationBruce Nauman

The ClockChristian Marclay

MyraMarcus Harvey

Douglas Gordon